ECHO PARK — A 27-year-old cyclist was killed this weekend in the southern section of Echo Park after being struck by an alleged drunk driver who was speeding at about 60 miles per hour on surface streets, police said.
Cruz Tzoc, 22, of Los Angeles, was booked for murder. Tzoc was found to be under the influence of alcohol at more than twice the legal limit, according to the LAPD Central Traffic Division.
The name of the cyclist, who was struck near the intersection of Temple Street and N. Burlington Avenue on Saturday, April 23 at about 6:15 p.m., was not released pending notification of kin.
According to police, Tzoc was speeding northbound on Burlington when he lost control and struck a parked vehicle. But he continued driving before hitting the bicyclist riding east on Temple Street, police said.
“Prior to the collision, Tzoc was seen driving at a high rate of speed just two blocks from the collision scene by an on-duty sergeant assigned to the Rampart Area,” according to a police statement. “The sergeant attempted to catch up to Tzoc and momentarily lost sight of the vehicle. Shortly after, the sergeant heard the collision and saw the aftermath of the collision. At that point, the sergeant took Tzoc in custody.”
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detective Felix Padilla at (213) 833-3713 or the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 833-3746. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).
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